Originally from Moscow and subsequently southern California, I received my Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with undergraduate research in computational mineral physics and thermoluminescence dating.
I completed my PhD in geophysics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in May 2017. Through X-ray diffraction and synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy, I examined the physical and elastic properties of lower mantle ferropericlase, silicate glasses and ferrosilite as a function of pressure; concurrently, I implemented density functional theory to examine the stability of high-pressure iron-bearing carbonates, providing insight into the Earth's deep carbon cycle. While working on my PhD at Caltech, I also taught Earth Materials at Occidental College and co-mentored undergraduate students in the fields of mineralogy and mineral physics.
After completing my PhD at Caltech, I became a postdoctoral researcher at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon in France, working on the chemistry and thermodynamics of volatile-bearing Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) melt using ab initio molecular dynamics to improve our understanding of the early Earth's magma ocean, just after the giant Moon-forming impact.
Today, I am a Computational Geochemist at Terramera in Vancouver, Canada, investigating the behavior of carbon in agricultural soils using ab initio simulations, with the hopes of advancing our knowledge of environmental soil carbon measurements and mitigating climate change through soil carbon sequestration.